Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.
Yesterday we talked about Jesus being the Good Shepherd and that we the sheep. We talked about the fact that sheep have some challenges…
- They are dumb
- They get lost easily
- They are defenseless
- They are stubborn
- They are skittish
- They get insecure easily
And most importantly we realized that sheep need a shepherd.
The Shepherd protects and guides the sheep and one of the ways that the shepherd protects and guide is by having to discipline the sheep at times.
Job 5:17-18 (NIV) 17 "Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. 18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.
Seems like an odd thing for our God to do to actually wound and then to bind up. Except when you understand what loving shepherds would do for a little lamb that would continue to wander off.
It was very common for a little lamb to leave the flock where he's vulnerable to wolves or to falling off a cliff or to getting in trouble. And the loving good shepherd would take his rod and would crack the little lamb's leg. Sounds very cruel.
But then what the good shepherd would do is, he would take that little lamb and put him up on his shoulder and take care of him and nurse him. And the good shepherd would then keep the little lamb close to him.
The lamb would grow up and he would be totally and completely dependent on the shepherd. And the little lamb would learn the shepherd's voice, and the shepherd would pet him and bring him to the greatest places.
And over a lifetime, that little lamb would become almost like a pet to the shepherd because he's been so cared for by the shepherd. And that one would never run off again because he learned to know the voice and trust the shepherd; it's the discipline of God.
Embrace God's discipline because it is good for us. Whoever hates correction is stupid...don't be stupid!